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The Sweet



2018 sees the 50th anniversary of legendary British glam rockers The Sweet and to celebrate the occassion Rufus Publications is proud to announce the publication of photographer Dick Barnatt’s visual record of the band, The Sweet.

Dick has been the bands official photographer since 1976 and using his amazing collection he has curated this stunning, luxury coffee table book, released in two collectors formats and shipping in time for Christmas 2018.


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The Sweet bombarded the UK and world charts in the 1970’s with hits like “Block Buster”, "Ballroom Blitz”, “Teenage Rampage” and “Fox on the Run” to name just a few. Original member Andy Scott still continues with the band today playing sell out shows all over Europe.


Dick Barnatt became the band’s official photographer in 1976 and continues to work with the band up to this day. His work has been used on many of the band’s record and CD releases. This band is collection of his best shots and work with the band and includes many candid shots of the band at work and play from 1976 onwards. The book has been carefully curated into a beautiful large format book, availble in two stunning editions:


THE STANDARD EDITION

500 Copies Worldwide


Bound with a heavy duty soft cover (that folds in at the edges) and supplied with a poster. Signed by Dick Barnatt.


£75.00 + delivery




THE LEATHER AND METAL EDITION

150 Copies Worldwide


Bound in leather and supplied in a metal slipcase with die cut Sweet logo. Supplied with a folder containing 4 limited edition prints, poster and special T-shirt unique to this project. Personally signed by Andy Scott and Dick Barnatt.


£275.00 + delivery




About the author and photographer:



"My long and varied photographic career started in the late 1960's, learning the trade from studio work to darkroom processing. By 1972 I was studio manager for the renowned rock photographer Fin Costello and when in 1974 Fin decided go and live in the States I took the opportunity to set up my own business and studio in Bayswater. Here I became the house photographer for Atlantic Records as well as working closely with most of the other major labels like CBS, Polydor and Bell/Arista. This gave me the great opportunity to photograph many of the leading acts at the time from the hard rock of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Stones  to the Pop acts like Slade, Bay City Rollers and David Essex.


In late 1976 I became The Sweet's official photographer and I have continued to work with the band up to this day. Most of my photographs from this period have ended up on CD/Record sleeves or books and magazines. By the mid 1980's the whole music scene had changed and I moved away from music into other photographic areas including travel and advertising.


I have had an interesting and blessed career working music acts,captains of industry and politicians whilst also managing to see most of the world in the process. Nowadays I spend my time doing books and exhibitions and reliving all those great memories."


DICK BARNATT   LONDON 2018